Anne Ackermann

Photographer
 
Gulu Youth
Location: Speyer
Nationality: Germany
Biography: Anne Ackermann is a documentary photographer based in Germany working worldwide. Her work often focuses on women’s and contemporary issues, touching themes ranging from migration and aftermath to skin bleaching and plastic surgery, from... read on
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Gulu Youth
Credits: anne ackermann
Updated: 12/14/18

A tale on the aftermath of civil war in Northern Uganda and some of its protagonists. Supported by a grant of VG Bildkunst. 2012-2014.

Youth have been both the primary victims and the primary actors in the two-decade-long war between the LRA ( Lord’s Resistance Army) and the Ugandan state in Northern Uganda, which ended in 2006.

My photos capture moments of the daily lives of young people. While drug abuse and violence are the extreme ends of a traumatized post-war generation, it is mainly the abundant boredom and idleness caused by massive unemployment and lack of economic opportunities, which affect young people. They are trapped in a void between dreams of a westernized and modern lifestyle they mainly experience through media and the violent past of their tribal and cultural identity. It is the war that has shaped this gap. 

But even in the longest period of recovery we also find moments of hope and beauty

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